If you are looking for a Mississauga paralegal we may be able to help. Paralegals, like lawyers, are licensed and regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
In 2008, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to license independent paralegals. Before that paralegals, who were often referred to as agents, were unregulated.
Regulation ensures that paralegals meet a minimum educational standard as well as abide by a professional code of conduct. There are approximately 2, 500 licensed paralegals providing services directly to the Ontario public.
All of the paralegals employed by Justice Matters are licensed and carry errors and omissions insurance as required.
What Can a Mississauga Paralegal Do?
Paralegals are permitted to provide legal services in some very specific areas. The most common areas of practice for paralegals are:
Ontario Small Claims Court
The Ontario Small Claims Court is an open civil court that can hear most matters that involve the payment of money or the return of personal property up to $25,000. The Mississauga Small Claims Court that used to be on Haines Road has been closed for some time and matters are now dealt with the Brampton Courthouse at 7755 Hurontario Street. More information about the Ontario Small Claims Court can be found on our website here.
Please note that in most cases a lawsuit must be brought within two years of the events in question.
Landlord and Tenant Board
This tribunal has exclusive jurisdiction in matters involving residential landlords and tenants where the tenant is still in possession of the rental unit. The Landlord and Tenant Board in Mississauga is located at 3 Robert Speck Parkway. The Landlord and Tenant Board’s monetary jurisdiction is the same as the Ontario Small Claims Court. In addition to money awards, the Board can also make orders with respec to property standards and evictions.
Provincial Offences (Traffic Tickets)
The most common types of offences under the Provincial Offences Act are those under the Highway Traffic Act. The Provincial Offences Court in Mississauga is located at 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West. Offences under the Highway Traffic Act are the most common type of offence in Ontario. As a result, Provincial Offences Courthouses are often very busy.
Criminal Summary Convictions
Summary convictions are those that involve a sentence up to six months and/or a fine of up to $5,000 under Canada’s Criminal Code. Criminal matters with sentences beyond this should be dealt with by a lawyer.
Ontario Human Rights Tribunal
This judicial body hears complaints involving civil rights violations under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Parties are first offered the opportunity to resolve their matter through mediation. If that is not successful then the Tribunal will conduct a hearing. There is no tribunal location in Mississauga instead matters are dealt with in downtown Toronto at 655 Bay Street.
Other Areas of Practice
Some other areas of practice for paralegals include accident benefits, disability benefits, liquor license violations, WSIB matters and criminal record suspensions (formerly referred to as pardons).
Mississauga Paralegal – Free Consultation
If you are looking for a Mississauga paralegal then give us a call and we may be able to provide you with a free consultation on some of the above matters. If it is outside our scope of practice we can refer you to another paralegal or direct you to the Law Society’s Referral Service.
We service not only Mississauga but most of the Greater Toronto Area including Oakville, Brampton, Toronto, Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa.
Our primary areas of practice are the Ontario Small Claims Court, Provincial Offences (Traffic Tickets) and the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Did You Know
Did you know – Mississauga is the largest city in Ontario without its own Small Claims Court? The Small Claims Court for all of Peel Region is in Brampton.
Did you know – Peel Region has no less than four career and community colleges that offer diploma programs in paralegal studies.
Did you know – Prior to paralegal regulation agents, as paralegals were then known, had been practicing in Ontario since at least the 1980s.
Did you know – The most common area of practice for paralegals is the Ontario Small Claims Court.
Did you know – A Mississauga paralegal can be an effective and cost-efficient legal representative that can help you in many areas of practice.
MISSISSAUGA PARALEGAL CONTACT FORM
Please note that until we confirm that you are not involved in a situation with one of our existing clients we can only take certain limited information. This is for your protection.
Also, because we are often in court it can sometimes take as long as 24 hours before we can respond to an inquiry. Your patience is appreciated.
Lastly, no paralegal-client relationship is created by sending us your contact information. Nor, for that matter, as a result of a telephone consultation. A paralegal-client relationship is only created upon the exchange of a Retainer Agreement and/or a Letter of Authorization between our office and you.
Our General Conditions of Service also apply.